After being semi-traumatised by Mike and Dave need Wedding Dates I wasn’t sure if I could ever trust an R-rated comedy again. Luckily Bad Moms was a very pleasant surprise!
The basic idea is that Amy (Mila Kunis) is an over worked and underappreciated mum trying to juggle a million things at once and feeling like a failure daily. When the latest PTA meeting, led by the power-crazy Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate), gets way too ridiculous…Amy decides that enough is enough. She teams up with shut-in, stay-at-home-mum Kiki (Kristen Bell) and mostly always drunk Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and the three decide to be ‘Bad Moms’ and take down the PTA President, Gwendolyn.
Mila Kunis was awesome as the leading lady Amy. She’s got the comedy and the serious stuff down (and she’s flippin gorgeous). Kathryn Hahn almost single-handedly brings all the crass content to the movie while still remaining hilarious and loveable and her characters subtle behaviour changes throughout the movie are pretty sweet (in an aww kind of way). Kristen Bell’s character, Kiki, was a tad too over-the-top conservative at times but she had some really great moments, especially towards the end when she starts loosening up a bit more. The relationship dynamic shift between Kiki and her husband throughout the movie, I assume, was intended as empowering for Kiki…but it also kind of undermined a lot of the positive messages in the film by painting men as pretty useless dickheads for the most part. Pretty much all the men come off as pretty useless in Bad Moms except, of course, for the hot widower dad played by Jay Hernandez.
The PTA bitch squad aka Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo were basically your classic mean girls from every high school chick flick ever created. They were definitely the cheesiest element of the film, but also a pretty necessary one for some cheap laughs and to give our leading ladies something to overcome in a hilarious fashion!
As ridiculous and crass as this film gets from time to time, it still manages to keep a warm sincerity and a genuine ‘feel good’ message through out. During the credits we even get treated to clips of the leading ladies and their mothers interacting and sharing their terrible parenting stories. Such a touching addition to the film and even gets it into tear-jerker territory! Highly recommend it for a girl’s night out and maybe even for those of you (like me) expecting your first child and feeling a little overwhelmed with the whole idea!